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HUGO How Two Boys Learned of Life From a Killer Shark [Kindle Edition]

Michael McEachern ,
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Book Description

Hugo is the story of two boys, friends since early childhood, and their quest to catch a giant shark that swam the waters of coastal South Carolina during the summer of 1960. From the time they first sighted the behemoth they spent every day and many nights in the creeks, rivers and off the beaches of Beaufort County trying to catch a beast that dwarfed their leaky wooden skiff.

It is a story of a simpler time. The boys’ boat had no depth meter and no compass. There were no cell phones, yet parents routinely allowed their children to vanish “down the river” for days on end to fish and explore and socialize, an easy parental willingness that ended when townspeople began being killed by a shark bigger than anyone had ever seen.

It is a story of adventure, and of a summer that began in innocence, but ended in a tragedy that forced the boys toward manhood.

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  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149229618X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EVS91T8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Hugo! December 26, 2013
By MTM717
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I grew up in the Lowcountry of SC but have lived in Manhattan for the past 16 years. I finished this book on a flight home for the holidays and immediately found myself longing to revisit the rivers, creeks and beaches of my childhood. Though I wasn't particularly keen on encountering a great white during my upcoming visit, this story evoked a nostalgia in me I hadn't expected. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't thoroughly enjoy this quick read and the life lessons recounted in its pages. Thank you Michael McEachern for a story well-told!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat read! September 14, 2013
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My family read this book aloud while on an island camping trip. By the end of the book, we thought we might have to stay there rather than face the waters that could hold a shark like Hugo. We nearly wished our days away to get to the nightly reading. We laughed and cried and decided to only fish from the shore! It was a great read and we all recommend it...from teenagers to forty-somethings.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put down September 12, 2013
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Once I started reading I could not stop. What started as a typical fisherman's tale of the fish was "this big" turned into a tale that again confirms that I will never swim in the ocean. I had just about put Jaws out of my mind...thanks a lot! Great example of theatre of the mind and again, once I started reading I could not stop. You will enjoy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow September 5, 2014
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It's been many years since I have been so moved by a book. This is the story of two young men coming of age . It's a story of life, death, friendship, courage, honesty,integrity and sacrifice. The book is magnificently written, truly beautifully done. This one will be remembered for my lifetime. I know that I will read if again like I have with books written by Buck and Steinbeck. I will now write something in a review that I have never said before---if you read only one book this year, make it this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story from a better time with freedom September 18, 2013
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This book took me back to my own experiences growing up on the SC coast and engaging in the same sort of activities. The author must have lived in the same manner as many of the characters seem taken from personal experience. They are very similar to people I knew. Many were adults with a love of the water, fishing and hunting who often gently but firmly guided us showing by example how to live and experience the outdoors. We had almost unlimited freedom. By the age of 13 we had firearms (mainly 22 rifles and shotguns but also handguns - we were safety conscious and it never occurred to us to shoot someone), alcohol was not a problem to obtain and generally one of us had access to a small outboard boat. At 14 we could get a drivers license. You are probably thinking that we had terrible parents. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our parents made it crystal clear that we had to meet certain standards: 1. Pay attention, behave and complete your school work; 2. Don't get in trouble with the law or any authority; 3. Don't do anything to embarrass the family. If we accomplished these things we were otherwise mostly left on our own. If we failed, parental discipline was swift and powerful. All of our group of friends have since lived successful lives, most with advanced educations. All became productive citizens. None became criminals (oh least not convicted criminals anyway). We all remain the closest of friends. This book took me back to that time in a most enjoyable way. No other book has conveyed the sense of the time.

Now fast-forward to today's young people. In the early sixties there was freedom. Authority figures were just not in the waterways except for state wildlife officers who were usually mainly interested in fishing and hunting themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fish tale! September 17, 2013
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A great fish tale! Two boys on a quest that will change their lives. South Carolina coastal islands, engaging characters, suspenseful to the end. Reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, Jaws and Stand by Me --- all rolled into one! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hugo. A definite keeper! Two thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo How two boys learned of life from a killer shark September 11, 2013
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Mike McEachern's long-awaited first novel is a Sea Island masterpiece! His Great White Shark, Hugo, is more terrifying than Jaws and more thought-provoking than Moby Dick. Move over Benchly, move over Herman Melville! McEachern's tale of the briny Deep will keep your toes out of the ocean for the rest of your life. It's hard to believe, but it's true -- down to the bloodiest detail. That's what I love about the story. That's also what I hate about it, because it gave me nightmares. I recommend it without reservations to anyone over 16 years of age, except those who have trouble sleeping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Ditty! September 8, 2013
By Thuse
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This is one peach of a ditty! It's a hell of a hot southern the summer when two bronzed back teenagers learn some of life's lessons all too quickly. These boys diligently work the salty creeks of the Carolina Lowcountry all the while smoking, cussing, drinking and plotting and planning their way to unimaginable heroic heights. Before long the boys find out that desire has a way of absorbing their hard earned capital and much, much more. An easy read, from an easier era.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars those were the days
"Hugo" is a wonderful little book that brings life back to a weary soul. With all the technology we struggle with each day, Michael McEachern, the author , takes you to a... Read more
Published 1 day ago by gonzoguru
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, love a good story with an authentic ...
Fun read, love a good story with an authentic
Locale. Have visited Beauford and Port Royal and want to return. Thanks for sharing.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coming of age story!!!
Hugo is a great story! I truly hope the author writes more!
Published 4 days ago by David Root
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I'm stunned. A fun and simple fast yarn about a shark in southern...
Call me a hog and butcher me for bacon, a shark tale that is has a bit of intreague. Have fun with this as I did and don't take it too seriously. MURF
Published 5 days ago by Arf!
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugo
I enjoyed this book. Nothing special but a well told story about a couple of boys growing up. It was a very quick read.
Published 7 days ago by GW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Low Country Flavor
While I found that the writing style didn't exactly fit my reading style, I still found it to be a very interesting book, and one that brings back another time and place.
Published 9 days ago by Gregory M. Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a great story. I absolutely loved it. The characters, the storyline, and the setting was fabulous. I read the book in a few hours and could not put it down.
Published 9 days ago by Jacqueline M. Furlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Very well written.captivating. I couldn't put this book down. Took me back to when I was a young boy living out my summer's with out a care.
Published 10 days ago by Duane Myears
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating read!
I got caught up in this tale very quickly and was right alongside both boys as they had this life-altering adventure. Wonderfully written!
Published 10 days ago by Marlakei
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read
This book was great from beginning to end. I read it in 2 days and could hardly put it down. It was well written and so very human. Read more
Published 12 days ago by EDWARD M ALTCHEK
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